How long before bell peppers turn colors?

organic_gdn_virgy(7)May 29, 2008

Ok, I'm getting anxious to eat some, lol. I have a red bell pepper plant I bought in the store that has bell peppers on it that are about 3" in diameter and 3 - 4 inches long. But they are still green.

I've never grown anything but green bell peppers, so I have to admit, I'm skeptical that they will actually turn colors. Any idea how big they will get before they will ripen to the red color? I don't know the variety, bought them at walmart, but wow I have a lot of peppers on my one red and 3 yellow plants, but all are green still.

Thanks alot. Virginia

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You can eat them when they are green. A red bell pepper is just a green bell pepper that is left on the plant longer. All green bell peppers change color eventually.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2008 at 11:56PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

They have to ripen to change colors and they have to do it on the vine and yes, it takes quite awhile. Depending on the variety - 2-3 weeks. The length of times to ripen is why they are so much more expensive than green ones. ;)

Pick some of them green so the plant will keep producing. If you leave all of them on to ripen the plants tend to stop blooming.


    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 12:05AM
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That's interesting... I have been looking at mine for a week or so now wondering the same thing.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 6:17PM
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granite(z6 NC)

I've found that the yellow bell or orange bell peppers ripen faster than the red bell peppers.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 5:43PM
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Just don't make stuffed peppers with ripe peppers, too sweet to the taste. The ripe are great in salads, stir-fry, etc.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 11:45PM
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